Discover Manchester as you follow the trail of 80+ giant bees and over 100 bees created by young people.


Find out more about our sponsors and the sponsorship opportunities for your business.


Bee in the City will celebrate Manchester’s exceptional creative talent.


Find out about the Bee in the City Learning Programme and how your school can ‘bee’ involved.

What’s the buzz about?

In July 2018, Manchester will host one of its most spectacular public art events ever…

Wild in Art and Manchester City Council are bringing all of Manchester’s communities together to create Bee in the City – a stunning public art trail of 80+ individually designed giant bee sculptures.

Crafted by regional professional and emerging artists, it will weave its way across the city during the summer of 2018. An inspirational learning project will give children and young people the chance to take part.

It’s free, it’s fun, it’s fascinating – and it will be in Manchester from July – September 2018.

The buzz about town

Virgin Trains

April 16, 2018

We are delighted to welcome Virgin Trains as Presenting Partner for Bee in the City. Visitors will be able to follow the free, accessible trail, looking out for the two Virgin Trains Bees, with help from the Bee in the ....Read more
Art Selection Event

April 13, 2018

The 180 shortlisted bee designs were unveiled for the first time this week at a private gallery event hosted by etc. venues and our Bee in the City sponsors and partners faced the very difficult task of choosing a design....Read more
MCFC logo

April 13, 2018

Manchester City has proudly thrown its weight behind Bee in the City as a bee sponsor and the Club is asking Cityzens to submit their designs for what the Official Manchester City bee should look like. The winning desig....Read more
Staff from Well Pharmacy with Au Bee

March 01, 2018

We are delighted to welcome national pharmacy chain, Well Pharmacy, as the first headline sponsor, and official ‘Health and Wellbeing Partner’ for Bee in the City. Manchester City Centre was treated to a dazzling pr....Read more
Au Bee

March 01, 2018

Manchester City Centre was treated to a dazzling preview of this summer’s Bee in the City trail, when a 1.8m golden chrome ‘Au’ bee toured key locations across the city. The ‘Au’ bee was spotted in St Peter’....Read more
Bee in the City Sponsors

March 01, 2018

Fifteen high-profile Manchester businesses have signed up to support Bee in the City. We are delighted to announce our first corporate sponsors (listed in order of sign-up): Pinsent Masons LLP, Manchester Central, Manch....Read more
Bee in the City

March 01, 2018

Over eighty giant honey bee sculptures will be winging their way to Manchester in summer 2018, when the city lands one of its biggest ever public art events. The Bee in the City sculpture trail is inspired by Manchester....Read more

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